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breaking news, after 16 years on the run, boston mob boss james "whitey" bulger is captured in california. drawdown, president obama says the u.s. has achieved its goals in afghanistan as he announces plans to withdraw u.s. troops. >> this is the beginning, but not the end of our effort to wind down this war. and watch your mouth. an airline pilot is suspended after accidentally broadcasting a hateful rant against flight attendants. >> the an tuesday stream of gays and grannies and grandes -- captioning funded by cbs
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>> good morning, everybody. thanks for joining us. i'm betty nguyen. after 16 years on the run, notorious boss and mobster james "whitey" bulger is behind bars this morning. bulger was captured last night in california and will appear in court today. the fbi updated its most wanted list earlier this morning and cbs's terrell brown has more. >> good morning to you. for 16 years he was one of the fbi's most wanted but not anymore. 81-year-old james bulger was captured. people who knew him called him ferocious with a vicious streak. he was wanted for 19 murders and the feared leader of boston's winter hill league. for decades he was also an informer for the fbi. by 1995 he was tipped he was about to be indicted, that put him on the run. he was thought to have been seen
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time and time again. the last true sighting back in 2002 in london. he was arrested with his long time girlfriend, 60-year-old catherine greig. the viewers saw that and called in a tip. bulger has been the subject of several books, but is perhaps known best for this. >> when i tell you to dump a body in the marsh, you dump him in the marsh. >> he was the inspiration for jack nicholson's character in the 2006 best picture "the departed." bulger was once believed to have been seen coming out of a san diego picture showing the film. a congressional committee once called it "one of the greatest failures in the history of federal law enforcement." no word on whether the person who tipped off the fbi will receive that $2 million reward, bet wiiy. >> interesting, terrell brown
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joining us live in new york. in other news the tide of war is receding. those were president obama's words last night as he announced plans for withdrawing u.s. troops from afghanistan. the drawdown is faster than what was recommended by military commanders but not fast enough for the war's critics. a total of 10,000 troops will leave the war zone by the end of this year and another 20,000 out by the summer of 2012. >> we're starting this drawdown from decision of spring. al qaeda is under more pressure. we've taken out more than half of al qaeda's leadership. thanks to our intelligence professionals and special forces we killed osama bin laden, the only leader that al qaeda had ever known. this was a victory for all who have served since 9/11. >> joel brown is in washington with more on this. good morning, joel. >> betty, good morning to you. as.
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ed reaction to the president's withdrawal plan was mixed here on capitol hill. some call it dangerously fast, others call it irresponsibly slow. the white house thinks it's the right mix as to not undo the fragile gains of this long war. hundreds of troops returned home to ft. carson, colorado, on wednesday greeted by loved ones they haven't mean? over a year. >> i'm happy. i got the things i treasure the most with me right now so i'm good. >> reporter: by next summer, 33,000 other troops in afghan will be reunited with their families. president obama said major strides made against al qaeda including the killing of osama bin laden is ayou log the u.s. to draw down its military force. the remaining 70,000 troops will be brought home at a steady pace and the president plans to hand over security to the afghan people in 2014. >> over the last decade we have
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spent $1 trillion on war. now we must invest in america's greatest resource, our people. >> military leaders are supporting the president's decision but lawmakers on capitol hill are split over the pace of the drawdown. republican senator lindsey graham saying "we've undercut a strategy that was working." nancy pelosi says the president's plan doesn't remove troops fast enough and many democrats believe the money being spent on the war should be spent here. >> the country and the world that needs nation building the most is the united states of america. >> reporter: president obama says huge challenges remain in afghanistan and this is the beginning but not the end of america's effort to wind down the war. we will also be keeping a close eye today on general david petraeus's confirmation hearings on capitol hill. the top u.s. commander in next cia chief.
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expect him to be grilled by lawmakers about whether or not he is truly on board with the president's plans for withdrawal. >> what kind of reaction are we hearing from afghanistan? >> militarily there is cautious optimism in afghanistan on whether or not security forces there are truly ready to take over or will be ready to take over in 2014. many afghans are gearful the international community will comes. economically there is a lot of the speech points to the reality the billions and billions of american dollars are going to be drying up soon and there's doubt the private sector will be able to fill the gap. >> joel brown in washington thank you for that report. now to the battle for libya and the debate in congress over the air campaign. the house is expected to vote tomorrow on two measures, one would give president obama limited authority for the u.s.
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role and the other would cut off funds for a u.s. operation. addressing lawmakers in libya, hillary clinton asked lawmakers "whose side are you on?" one possible tornado in kentucky, the violent weather system is moving east after hitting the louisville area. the churchill downs racetrack was struck by the twister. barns were damaged, horses sent running but no harm to animals or residents. thousands of south dakota residents are bracing for a flood disaster. more than 10,000 people in minot were ordered to evacuate as record levels approached the top of the levees. the evacuation sirens sounded as the time to leave was moved up. national guard soldiers are in
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minot making sure people are out of their homes. >> we knew it was going to happen. we were just waiting. i wasn't leaving until they blew the siren. i'm the only one left on this block. i'm the only one left around here. >> that's how devastating it is and how sad. people have to stand by and watch everything they own get ruined. >> the mouse river may rise more than 13 feet over flood stage by monday. on the "cbs moneywatch," stocks took some losses in asia. tokyo's nikkei edged down a fraction and hong kong's hang seng lost more than 0.5% and oil fell to $94 a barrel. here at home the federal reserve admits the economy is growing more slowly than expected. back in april the fed predicted the economy would grow as much as 3.3% this year. now it says it could be as little as 2.7%. the fed wrapped up a two-day meeting yesterday keep interest rates near record lows.
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fed chief ben bernanke called the recovery frustratingly slow but said they're not planning any new programs to boost the economy and that he expects unemployment to edge down in the coming months. that did not go over well on wall street. the dow dropped 80 points, the nasdaq lost 18. just ahead on the "morning news" new rules to protect small children in airport security checks. plus way up high, not over a rainbow but actually inside one. this is the "cbs morning news." [ female announcer ] need help keeping your digestive balance?
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for young children. it was public outrage showing the patdown of a 6-year-old girl at the new orleans airport in april. security airports are being told to make repeated attempts without being told to make hands on searches. a pilot is back on the job after being suspendeded for a cockpit rant. the pilot didn't know his microphone was on after he made a harsh rant. >> reporter: it was a conversation you might expect in a locker room, not on an airplane. >> 11 [ bleep ] over the top [ bleep ] homosexuals and a granny. >> reporter: for two and a half minutes on march 25th a southwest's pilot rant about not being able to date flight attendants dominated faa air control frequency. >> the continuous stream of gays and grannies and grandes.
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>> reporter: insulting colleagues who were gay, older or overweight. >> i still wouldn't want anyone to know if i had [ bleep ] them. >> it is inconsistent with the professional behavior and overall respect we require -- >> reporter: in its statement southwest airlines apologized for the conversation captured over a stuck microphone. it won't name the pilot involved the airline said he was suspended and sent to diversity training. >> everybody is upset about it. >> reporter: the union is now consulting its attorney over whether to file a complaint with the equal employment opportunity commission. >> it's not going to be swept under the rug or overlooked. we feel something else needs to be done. >> reporter: the bigger concern is the lack of communication. >> if that controller or another pilot on that frequency had to get some information or had to say something or had to get some instructions, they couldn't get them because the frequency was
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blocked. >> reporter: it's a safety issue many travelers wish the pilot would have picked up on. >> we told pilots in such high esteem. >> i would hope they would be concentrating more on flying the plane. >> reporter: even though the pilots in the plane seem to agree. >> they wonder why airline pilots have a bad reputation. >> that was andrea lucia of ktvt in dallas. in china, they saw something amazing, the shadow was surrounded by a rainbow in a circle. scientists say it is a coincidence caused by the angle of the sun, the light creates the unusual rainbow while projecting the plane's shadow onto the clouds. still interesting to see. pennsylvania police say "jackass" star ryan dunn was drunk and speeding, his car
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here's a look at the weather in some cities around the country. new york thunderstorms 81. miami partly cloudy 0. chicago cloudy 69. dallas is going to be sunny there, 94 degrees and l.a., partly cloudy, with 73 degrees. time for a check of the national forecast. the latest satellite picture shows heavy thunderstorms rolling through the southeast and southern plains and there are scattered showers in the northeast. later today, the threat of severe weather will cover several states from arkansas to connecticut. the gulf coast will see scattered thunderstorms and the midwest gets a chance to dry out. in sports, the astros against the rangers and the lone star interleague series in texas. at arlington with the score tied in the ninth inning, pinch-hitter matt downes blasted a g go-ahead two-run home run and the astros beat the rangers 5-3. in miami a ground ball bounced over the short stop head
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on the "cbs morning news" here's a look at today's weather. the northeast will get strong to severe thunderstorms this afternoon. the southeast will see pop-up storms and much needed rain is heading into portions of eastern texas, the northern plains, and the great lakes. here's another look at this morning's top stories.
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after 16 years on the run, boston mob boss james "whitey" bulger is under arrest, now 81 years old, he was picked up with his girlfriend last night in southern california. bulger is wanted in connection with 19 murders. and president obama announced he is withdrawing 33,000 u.s. troops from afghanistan by next summer. the first 10,000 will come home by the end of this year. during his address last night, the president said the withdrawal will continue through 2014. >> after this initial reduction, our troops will continue coming home at a steady pace. as afghan security forces move into the lead. our mission will change from combat to support. by 2014, this process of transition will be complete and the afghan people will be responsible for their own security. >> in afghanistan cbs news correspondent manny clarke spoke with some afghan students
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worried about their country's ability willing to handle its own security. >> reporter: these students are the ones who will inherit the country that the coalition troops leave behind. 24-year-old nasiriyah and 27-year-old habib graduated last year. both of them fled afghanistan during the 1990s as the brutal civil war took hold. now nasiriyah worries that the u.s. troops are withdrawing too soon. >> i would call it a mistake but it may not be the right word. >> reporter: by 2011 coalition troops will have spent $40 billion to recruit, train and equip the afghan forces. the trouble is many afghans don't believe their own security forces are up for the job. a recent report from nato came to the same conclusion. after ten years of working with coalition troops afghan forces sfrufr poor training, lack of professionalism and corruption. with afghan troops not ready and american support dwindling, there's also fear the taliban
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good morning! i'm andrea roane. >> you're here again! good to see you. here's monika samtani in for angie for traffic this morning. mr. howard bernstein, it is 80 degrees. it is 4:25 in the morning. >> it is sticky, it is muggy. somebody on facebook said it is kind of gross outside.
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that's rather accurate. it is kind of gross outside. the warm muggies are here for a few more days. good news as we head toward the weekend. 79, mike. we're going to correct you, 79 degrees. >> i was off by one. >> doesn't it feel a lot better than 80? [ laughter ] spotty shower around this morning. around 90 for a high today. there will be isolated strong thunderstorms. don't seem to be widespread. isolated strong storms this afternoon. overnight, fairly quiet. with the southwest flow, you see the lighter showers moving in toward western maryland, even west of frederickburg. look out toward strasburg and moving up toward cross junction and paw paw into western maryland, just the lightest of sprinkles that are going on. temperatures are way up. 80 on the bay in annapolis. 79 in d.c. and still 70 to 75 in the shenandoah valley. fall can't come soon enough,
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can it? monika is in for angie this morning. >> good morning, everybody. we just got construction, overnight stuff on the inner loop of the beltway starting off with the inner loop between allentown road and branch avenue. that off-ramp to branch avenue is closed as well. on the north and southbound sides of i-95 between route 198 and powder mill road, watch out for that construction. we'll head over to the beltway in virginia. on the outer loop side, it is left lane. but on the inner loop, everything is fine. i'll be back with more traffic and a look around the area at 4:31. andrea and mike? >> here are stories we're following for you. a warning to any of you who use metrobus to get to work or travel around today. you could be in for a severe slowdown today. >> metrobus drivers are being advised by their union to spend some extra time inspecting their buses before they head out this morning. that one small thing is expected to create some scheduling delays throughout the morning. the move is the union's way of
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telling metro transit union officials they need to do more to protect their drivers. the national debt is on the mind of the investment community. there's growing fear congress may not raise the debt ceiling before the money the it is raised. >> wall street and washington have never understood each other. >> silver spring investment manager steven goldberg believes wall street may not realize the real possibility that congress won't raise the debt ceiling that will be hit in august. >> they expect at the end of the day, each side is going to say ok, we got the best thing we could get. let's settle. and i'm not sure that's going to happen. >> reporter: and if, surprising wall street, there is no deal? >> short term, i don't think there's any doubt the financial markets will sell off but the short term damage will be the big damage. >> hurting investments in stock. >> maybe you take some money out of stocks.
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i would never make a wholesale move based on what's in the news and what's going to happen over the short term but if you cut back by 5%, 10%, that's perfectly reasonable. >> reporter: protecting the money from the potential hit, goldberg believes long-term no questions stay in stocks but with the potential of the united states defaulting on its debt for the first time ever and the impact that would have on financial markets, short- term, he says, taking of some your money off the table may make some sense. gary nurenberg, 9news now. good morning and welcome to 9news now. today is thursday, june 23rd. we like to call it pre-friday. i'm andrea roane. >> amen to that. i'm mike hydeck. we're glad you're up this early. here is monika samtani in for angie on traffic this morning. mr. howard bernstein, good morning my friend. >> we're on sweat patrol. it is like a sauna. mp